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Lewis Lewis of Three Stiles (1780-1855)

The 1841 census records show us that the Lewis family was at Three Stiles/ Try Chywmad, Glascoed. The parents were Lewis and Jane Lewis who were born somewhere in Monmouthshire around 1780. Jane’s maiden name was Miles. They were living in Glascoed  from 1818 – possibly earlier, since their daughter Sarah’s grave inscription suggests that they lived in Glascoed at the time of her death in December 1818. There is a record of Lewis Lewis living at Glascoed in the 1823 Land Tax assessments. This was still in his occupation in 1824, 1829 and 1831.

They married on 4th June 1799 at Trevethin Parish Church, although appear to have been non-conformist. At this time all marriages in England and Wales had to take place in an Anglican church.

Lewis was a farmer and they had a number of children.

Leah Lewis married a Benjamin Lewis, and therefore retained her surname. They had two children, I believe: Lewis Lewis (born November 19th 1826) and John (born November 18th 1828).  Many thanks to Mary Edmunds who supplemented the information that I originally had on Lewis and his family. See the image of Lewis and Jane’s descendants here to make your own conclusions: Some of the dates can be difficult to decipher.

I heard from Jackie Phillips, a descendant of Lewis and Jane’s eldest son, Edmund.  She wrote: “I am descended from Lewis Lewis of 3 Stiles farm. He is buried in the graveyard of Ebenezer chapel, Cwmfrwdoer. I couldn't find the grave but the inscription is in Gwent archives and reads:

“Here lies the body of Sarah daughter of Lewis Lewis of the hamlet of Glascoed.She died December 8th 1818 aged 6 years & 8mths. Here also lie the body of Jane wife of Lewis Lewis of the hamlet of Glascoed who died November 28th 1843 aged 61? years. Also of the above Lewis Lewis ......12th 1855? aged.......”

My ancestor Edmund was his son, perhaps named after the founder of the church Edmund Jones, otherwise known as the Prophet of the Tranch. A fascinating character.

I was surprised they would go that far to attend church but it was a very significant place with ties to Howell Harris, George Whitfield and the Countess of Huntingdon.”

It’s possible that this could be a different Sarah - sometimes if a child died young, the parents used the name again for a later child. I wonder whether the transcription could be wrong and that the 1 of 16 has faded over the years.

The only Lewis Lewis appearing on the death indexes for 1855 was in the Jan-Mar quarter, (Vol 11a; Page 123), so I imagine that his death would have been early in 1855.


Census: 1841

Land Tax Assessments: 1823, 1824, 1829, 1831.

Family papers: Lewis and Jane Lewis’ descendants list.